These 10 Stars Explored the Universe Beyond Showbiz in Their Real Life Roles as Scientists

Oct 07, 2023

By: Vallari Vaidya

When celebrities played their part in the scientific realm beyond entertainment

Actors or musicians loved by fans for their on-screen persona, are most likely more than just that. Although having multiple talents isn't uncommon, there's a rare breed among them, contributing not only to entertainment but also advancing science an...

1. Natalie Portman

Despite acting from an early age since the 90s, Natalie Portman earned a degree in psychology from Harvard in 2003, which she pursued while shooting the "Star Wars" prequels. Despite being in the midst of her academic journey, she coauthored not one,...

2. Lisa Kudrow

Lisa Kudrow, renowned for her role as Phoebe Buffay on "FRIENDS", is not just a talented actress but also an accomplished biologist. The actor who at one point in the show dated a scientist, has herself graduated in biology from Vassar College and ho...

3. Ken Jeong

Ken Jeong, widely recognized as a proficient medical doctor, has consistently highlighted his medical qualifications in numerous interviews. Interestingly, it was his portrayal of a doctor in "Knocked Up" that catapulted his acting career. Beyond his...

4. Terri Hatcher

Hailing from a notably scientific lineage, the "Desperate Housewives" star has roots in a family with intellect and analytical prowess, since her mother is a skilled computer programmer, and her father is a distinguished nuclear physicist. Considerin...

5. Mayim Bialik

Beyond her role on "The Big Bang Theory," Mayim Bialik has done more than just portray the part of a scientist on-screen, since she is one in real life as well. Having earned her Ph.D. from UCLA in 2007, her academic journey delved deep into neurosci...

6. Brian May

In the iconic Queen anthem "Bohemian Rhapsody," Freddie Mercury's exclamation of "Galileo Galileo!" pays homage to the Renaissance astrophysicist. Interestingly, this lyrical nod takes on added significance given that Queen's guit...

7. Danica Mckellar

The leading actress from the 1980s comedy-drama The Wonder Years deliberately shifted her focus from acting to pursuing a career in STEM. Not only has she authored multiple books encouraging young girls to enter the field of STEM, but she also graduated from U...

8. Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr stood out as an iconic figure during the Golden Age of Hollywood, surpassing her sultry on-screen image. Beyond her captivating beauty, she holds multiple patents in wireless and radio technology, which later evolved into the cornerstones of WiFi, ...

9. Art Garfunkel

The second half of the folk duo Simon and Garfunkel, Art Garfunkel initially entertained a different career trajectory, aspiring to become a teacher. Armed with a master's degree in mathematics from Columbia University, he briefly taught the subject at a ...

10. Dolph Lundgren

Despite his imposing appearance, Dolph Lundgren, known for roles in "Aquaman" and "Rocky IV," defies stereotypes. More likely to be seen as a character who might bully scientists, Lundgren holds a degree in chemical engineering from the KTH...